Francis Rubbra’s work appears at first glance to be abstract expressionist in nature, but he prefers to call it abstract surrealism. He says about his work; “As soon as a work of art is finished in a sense it has died. It no longer lives in the now but the past. The success or failure of an artwork cannot be judged at that moment when the brushes are put down, although ones subjective appreciation of it lets you believe it can.”